Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk: enjoy a one or two-night break at this historic mill-turned-luxury hotel
This delightful 18th-century mill has been transformed into a luxury hotel, located in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. It's characterful and cosy, with a candlelit dining room and plenty to explore nearby, including historic Bury St Edmunds. Our expert, Sophie Butler, says: "this eighteenth-century mill house not only offers stylish rooms but top-notch cooking too."
There has been a Mill at Tuddenham for around 1,000 years. The earliest written record of Tuddenham Mill is in the Domesday book of 1086, but it is believed flour was being milled here decades before this date. Over time the building has evolved, moving from a working mill to the contemporary restaurant and boutique hotel of today. The current structure was designed and built in 1775 by Collins Millwrights of Melton, and its production capacity increased in 1855, when the 53-foot chimney was installed to accommodate a steam engine which drove three further sets of grindstones. The Mill continued grinding for another hundred years, when it finally became derelict. The mill was rescued in 1972 when it was converted into a restaurant. Its most recent transformation has been a respectful restoration by Agellus Hotels involving a team of architects, engineers and craftsmen working closely with planners and conservation officers to ensure Tuddenham Mill was re-invigorated for the twenty-first century without losing any of its historical integrity. There are glimpses of Suffolk history throughout the Mill, from exposed beams in the spacious bedrooms, through to the cast iron water wheel which has been imaginatively brought back to life through the use of atmospheric lighting and stylish glass walls.
One-night from £75pp*
- A one (£75pp) or two- (£135pp) night stay
- A delicious breakfast
- A glass of prosecco on arrival
- Dinner on one evening (£30pp)
- Tea and cake - for two-night stays only
Combining history, hospitality and sophistication, this 18th-century mill house not only offers stylish rooms but top-notch cooking too. Plus points include its riverside location, complete with picture-perfect swans and overhanging weeping willow.
A favourite of Newmarket race-goers, Cambridge tourists, lunching ladies and couples on romantic, foody breaks, Tuddenham offers beamed mill rooms, spacious lofts with seductive, bed-view baths or cosy garden nooks for relaxing views over unspoilt Suffolk water meadows.
Only five minutes' drive to the A11 but, unless your hearing is super-sensitive to the low hum of heavy traffic, you wouldn't guess at its proximity. The towns of Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Ely and Cambridge are within an easy drive.
By plane: Stansted Airport (44 miles)
By train: Newmarket train station (9.4 miles)
By car: parking is available at the hotel
Look & Feel
Modern furnishing and clever lighting have introduced a tasteful glitz to this historic building. Older features, including water wheel and mill mechanics have been preserved in their original position and displayed behind toughened glass. And the mill race provides a constant soundtrack of fast-flowing water in the ground-floor bar and newly-redecorated "Race Room" snug. The first-floor of the mill has become a smart dining space with some tables overlooking the river. Bedrooms exude an atmosphere of contemporary cool.
Former head chef, Lee Bye, has taken up the role of chef patron, overseeing a personable and energetic team of youthful staff from whom you can expect an enthusiastic welcome. Lunchtime may attract a small group of opinionated local ladies who share their opinions on the menu of the day with the kindly and anxious-to-please waiting staff.
It's mostly about eating and sleeping here. One of the garden "nooks" is reserved as a treatment room for massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. There's plenty of parking provided for guests.
Five Meadow Nooks in the grounds (the sixth is used as a treatment room) offer underfloor heating and decked outdoor seating areas, and one ("Leet") has an outdoor hot tub. There are three beamed rooms on the top floor of the mill, and 12 in newer cedarwood-built outbuildings overlooking water meadows or millstream. The roomiest are the first-floor, loft suites with sofas and open-plan baths. All have grey-painted floorboards, white walls and contemporary furnishings. In-room treats include orange juice in room fridges, a complimentary decanter of sloe gin, ESPA toiletries and Missoni dressing gowns.
Food & Drink
A dinner in the open plan, first-floor dining room of the main mill building will be a stay highlight. Food is beautifully presented on pottery dishes. Choices may include succulent sea trout gravlax with Porthilly oyster sauce and wild rocket followed by malt-glazed guinea fowl with rainbow chard as a main course. Desserts are lip smacking, pick the buttermilk pannacotta with cox apple and walnut flapjack crumble or opt for a nicely-chosen selection of local cheeses. Breakfast, also served in the dining room, is tasty with the usual fully cooked options.
Tuddenham Mill | modern British | à la carte or set menu | romantic | ££
Value for money
Considering the hotel's location (stand-alone but within reach of tourist honeypots and A11/M1), and the high standard of accommodation and food, this hotel offers reasonable value for money, especially for the Meadow Nook rooms.
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